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CCF Survival Training Weekend

11th December 2014

It was early on a winter Saturday morning that 30 CCF cadets boarded minibuses bound for an overnight exercise at a specialist survival training centre near Truro. The centre is run by former members of the British Armed Services and has been used by our CCF contingent for many years.

The first photo below shows part of the group ready for the introductory briefings.  Above, we can see that one of the skills cadets learned was fire lighting, with a successful outcome on this occasion.  The second shot below demonstrates how keeping the camp cooking fire going was an ongoing task during our stay, as was helping to prepare supper.  Then there was an irresistible opportunity for our young people to try their hand at axe throwing.  The culmination, on Sunday lunchtime before departure, was the knot tying competition and the final photo shows the winning team.

In other CCF news, music has featured prominently of late. Five senior Year 12 cadets and a Year 10 enjoyed the Christmas Concert at Britannia Royal Naval College on Tuesday 09 December. They had been invited by Colin Waller, the new conductor of the Volunteer Band at the College.  Three of the group, James Bates, Ollie Holdup and Tris Whipps are already members of the CCF National Band. The youngest attendee was Connor Hare who is being trained by Ollie to play snare drum and hopes to join the CCF Band later this year.

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